PANTONE Basic Colors vary in the book


The PANTONE Basic Colors in front of the guide do not match the same PANTONE Basic Color in the body of the Guide. Why is this, and which is correct?

The PANTONE Basic Color pages are printed on a separate form from other pages in the Guide. As a result, they can be thought of as a separate press run and are subject to the normal variation in printing which occurs from run to run. Further, the colors in the body of the book are printed together with colors in the same family. In some cases, adjustments need to be made on press to maintain the “flow” of colors from light to dark on a particular page.

While we take careful measures to print the colors on the Basic Color pages as accurately as possible, we recommend that the color in the body of the book be considered the standard for the basic PANTONE Colors.

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